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1 week ago
As aquaculture booms, a new report guides investors toward sustainability

“Transforming how we produce seafood through strategic investment in innovative, more sustainable production methods may ultimately represent the difference between a healthy, abundant, and ... See more

More than half of the world's seafood now comes from farms, and that percentage is projected to rise as the global population grows. How can the aquaculture industry ensure sustainability?

2 weeks ago
The Big, “Forgotten Coast” Oyster Crawl — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER

You simply can't miss this article featuring Cainnon Gregg of Pelican Oyster Co.. Check it out!

It took an oyster education in landlocked Atlanta to send Jess Graves home, to consider her roots in the oyster beds of Apalachicola Bay.

1 month ago
Exploring with Oyster Cultivation

Volunteer gardeners are taking the reins and assisting with oyster restoration. If you have a waterfront property, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn't try it for yourself! The oysters reared ... See more

Oysters are like snakes… you either like them or you hate them. You rarely hear someone say – “yea, their okay”. It’s either I can’t get enough of them, or they are the most disgusting ... See more

1 month ago
Your Town: FPC Bulldog Patrol talks school safety at Stoneman Douglas Commission meeting | Palm Coast | Palm Coast Observer

Flagler, St. Johns, and Nassau County folks: the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida is looking for volunteer oyster gardeners. Check it out!

Also in Your Town: Flagler Schools students awarded Medallion of Excellence.

1 month ago
County readies for aquaculture boom

Aquaculture is coming to Franklin County! This piece discusses some of the concerns amongst stakeholders yet provides a framework for how to appropriately select a lease site. Congrats to Jeff Wren ... See more

Franklin County commissioners signaled Tuesday their support to the growing interest in farming aquaculture leases in Apalachicola Bay, but want to see

1 month ago
Barleybrine Oyster & Craft Beer Weekend | Blue Collards

Attention Panhandle Folks: Barley Brine is an oyster and craft beer event that will be going down this weekend in Downtown Pensacola. Saturday is the main event, with oyster farmers from Gulf Springs ... See more

Barleybrine is a celebration of Gulf oysters and craft beer, being hosted by Blue Collards this April 4-6 in Pensacola, Florida.

1 month ago
Curt Hemmel Runs Florida’s Largest Clam Hatchery

Curt Hemmel runs Bay Shellfish Company, Florida's largest clam hatchery. In addition to culturing clams, the hatchery also produces oysters, scallops, and an exciting new species with excellent ... See more

Hemmel is the "Pied Piper of clams."

2 months ago
FGCU launches water school

Florida Gulf Coast University is launching a new Water School. Officials say the school will focus on five key issues including: climate change, fisheries, beaches, seagrass beds, and ecosystem ... See more

Florida Gulf Coast University launches The Water School to focus on water quality issues in Florida.

2 months ago

It is about to go down this Saturday in St. Simons Island in Georgia! Southern Soul Barbeque will be hosting an oyster-themed food truck brunch. Get over there and enjoy some of Pelican Oyster Co.'s ... See more

2 months ago
The Changing Seafood Industry In Florida

Historians and local old-timers say that once, Tampa Bay was overflowing with delicious oysters! Have a listen to the talk about seafood on this week's edition of Florida Matters. Check in at the ... See more

Historians and local old-timers say that once, Tampa Bay was overflowing with delicious oysters. And that some rivers, like the Manatee River, were once so

2 months ago
Oysters: An Explainer

Oysters are also pretty good for you. Molecular nutritionist Dr Emma Beckett says that one medium, uncooked oyster has about 173 kilojoules (the energy equivalent of a cup of raw carrots), is low in ... See more

Everything you need to know to enjoy this salty treasure of a mollusc – including why you should never swallow them whole.

2 months ago
Florida Matters Wants To Hear From You About Seafood

Florida Matters will be producing an upcoming show about seafood in our state. They want to hear from you so send in your stories!

Did you know Tampa Bay was once filled with oysters you could actually eat? Or that people used to turn their noses up at grouper?

2 months ago
Is there hope for restoring the bay?

"It is time to stop pointing fingers and making enemies. Let’s craft a “tent” big enough to get everybody inside, regardless of political persuasions. Let’s make everybody leave their hand ... See more

Is there hope for restoring Apalachicola Bay?There is agreement in a fragmented community of regulators, academics, bureaucrats, environmentalists,

2 months ago
Clams can help fight red tide. Thousands have just been released off Bradenton Beach

It is great to see shellfish restoration projects in Manatee County! We applaud the initiative by Sarasota Bay Watch, Two Docks Shellfish, Ed Chiles and all of the other folks that have helped make ... See more

About 200,000 clams will be dropped around the Bradenton Beach Bridge Street Pier to help mitigate future red tide blooms.

2 months ago
Let's get busy with aquaculture

Aquaculture is the solution to transitioning traditional oystermen to a new way of life that allows them to preserve their rich heritage. Let’s have our grief around the “collapse” of ... See more

Really? The county commissioners are throwing $8 million more dollars at FSU to develop a plan to restore the Apalachicola Bay ecosystem and its oyster

2 months ago
Lost Coast Oyster Company, LLC

Lenders and traditional sources of funding may not be available for oyster farm startups. Think outside the box! Grants, contests, Kickstarters, and fund raisers are all great ways to raise money to ... See more

We recently entered the Fedex Small Business Grant Contest where the top prize is $50,000. Voting is open until April 1st so check it out and show us some support.

http://bit.ly/locosfedex

2 months ago
Lost Coast Oyster Company, LLC

Congratulations to the Lost Coast Oyster Company, LLC! Today they were awarded their submerged land lease to start their farm in Manatee County.

Never give up! After 5 failed applications and 2 years of hard work the state has finally awarded us our submerged land lease. We will be farming oysters in Lower Tampa Bay! Now, who wants to give ... See more

2 months ago
BP oil spill money to help FSU revive Apalachicola oyster industry

How will the private hatcheries in the region that do not have the luxury of an $8 million handout be able to compete?

Florida State's marine science lab gets nearly $8 million to try to rebuild Apalachicola's beleaguered industry

3 months ago
Despite Restoration Efforts, Alabama Oysters Reach Historic Low | WBHM 90.3

Restoration efforts in Alabama have been futile. Deployments of shell and other cultch material have not yielded the anticipated results. What are your thoughts on a spat-on-shell restoration ... See more

With Alabama oysters at a historic low, scientists involved in restoration efforts are finding that what has worked before is no longer working. Now, state biologists are trying something new.

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